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The National Gallery of Ireland founded in 1854 houses an impressive collection of over 15,000 artworks. Spanning the history of western European art from around 1300 to the present day, the collection includes well-known artist from Mantegna and Titian to Monet and Picasso, including various schools and era.


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First created 1 Nov 2019. Version 1.0 - 5 Dec 2019 . Daperro . London . National Gallery, Ireland Collection Highlights


Uccello 1435. Paolo Uccello (1396/7-1475) was celebrated as the master of perspective in his time. Still more he used foreshortening as well. You can see how he used these techniques in his painting, ‘The Battle of San Romano’ in the National Gallery, London.


Fra Angelico 1439


Two amazing huge paintings of its time . The Battle of the Pisa 1460s.


The Battle of the Pisa 1460s. The Battle of Pisa (Detail). Late 1460s. Tempera & Gold on panel. Artist unknown .


Granacci c1494. Francesco Granacci (1469/70-1543) was a Florentine painter of the generation immediately preceding Michelangelo. Like Michelangelo, Granacci was a pupil of Domenico Ghirlandaio and he also worked with him as an assistant. He also engaged by Michelangelo in 1508 to work on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel . Like others, he was also dismissed after one month.


Perugino c1495.


Mazzolino c1530.


Caravaggio 1607.


Titian 1607. Tiziano Vecellio (c1488-1576) was commonly known as Titian . He was a talented Venetian painter. His late works are imbued with a profound intensity and spiritually, like this portrait of Jesus. He was very successful , with nobility queueing up to have their portraits painted by him.


Fontana 1600. There were on half a dozen of female painters in the Renaissance. Lavinia Fontana was of them. This was one of her ambitious works. She painted Vincenzo Conzaga & his wife Eleonora de Medici as Solomon & Queen of Sheba.


Orazio Gentileschi 1605 Orazio Gentileschi (1562-1639) was the father of his famous daughter Artemisia. Orazio was a follower of Caravaggio. The painting with its strong contrast and realism echoed Caravaggio’s style. The painting depicted the a moment before David decapitation of Goliath’s head.


Rembrandt 1647.


Velazquez c1617. This an early work by Velazquez . He liked to show different types of utensils, with different lustre .


Avercamp c1620. It was Pieter Bruegel the Elder , who taught Avercamp how to paint winter scene. Today, he is mostly associated with winter skating scenes ,


Peter Brueghel the Younger 1620.


Lorrain 1660 Claude Lorrain is often regarded as the first painter to raise the statue of landscape painting to a prestigious genre.


Ruisdael 1653.


Metsu 1664 This painting is by Metsu and not by Vermeer . It shows the lady reading by the window not only for the bright light but also hiding the letter from the maid who is lifting a curtain on a painting.


Metsu 1664 (Detail)


Vermeer 1664 (Detail)


Steen (Detail) c1665. Jan Steen (1626-79) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, known for his psychological insight , sense of humour and abundance of colour . He is a well loved artist, who relates to us. He painted with a liberal dose of mockery, situation we recognize immediately. Jan Steen


Panini 1731 Giovanni Paolo Penini (c1692-1765/68) was the first painter to specialize in ruins, treating them as Roman Vedute . This is one of his more well-known painting.


Boucher 1752. This is a sketch of his more well-known painting.


Canova 1789. “ Canova was the most talented and innovative sculptors of the Neo-classical period. His studio in Rome became a meeting place for intellectuals, collectors and tourists. In 1789 he visited by the Irishman John David La Touche , who commissioned this statue. Canova idealised the body of the adolescent boy personifying Cupid or as he was known in Italian Amorino , achieving an elegant, Classical simplicity.” Highlights of the Collection. National Gallery Ireland.


Reynolds 1773. Charles Coote was the MP of County Cavan and was made a knight of the Bath, an order that rewarded political and military service. Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) is historically, the most important painter in British painting. He was also the first president of the Royal Academy.


Reynolds 1775


Gainsborough 1785. A child in ragged clothing has come from a cottage to take water from a brook, she holds a broken earthenware pitcher. Gainsborough painted almost 20 such fancy picture of rustic figure often children set in imaginary landscape.


Goya 1805. Goya painted Dona Antonia Zarate was a stage personalities. In this painting he had accentuated her black hair and black laced gown on a yellow settee. Goya painted her again 5 years later.


David 1778. Jacques-Louis David (1770-1837) broke with the traditional Rococo and became the most important painter of Neo-Classicism . During this period he used his paintings as propaganda of the French Revolution. Later in life, he imposed a self exile which cut himself off from the rise of Romanticism.


Gerard 1808. Baron Francois Gerard (1770-1837) was a student of David. He reputation as a portrait painter was made in 1795. During the First Empire he rivalled David in court favour. It was Gerard who suggested to David in his huge Coronation of Napoleon should crown Josephine instead of himself.


Turner 1814


Burton 1864 Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) born in County Wicklow. He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy 1842. In the same year, he also visited Germany, Bavaria and other parts of Europe, gaining profound knowledge of the works of the Old Masters. This is one of his best known paintings.


Breton 1854


Couture 1865 Thomas Couture (1815-65) was a historic and portrait painter. His most famous painting is above. It is a huge painting. It is displayed prominently at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. He was a pupil of Gros . He too was always an outstanding teacher himself.


Melssonier 1875


Pissarro 187 Pissarro (1830-1903) was often referred to as the ‘Father of Impressionism’. Between 1872 and 1973 he painted a number of still lifes at his home in Pontolse . This is one of these paintings. The reflection of the vase on the polished table top demonstrates Pissarro’s interest in the effect of light on varied surfaces . Monet and Renoir also painted chrysanthemums as it was associated with the new founded interests in Japanese art .


Monet 1874


Ocbourne 1880 “Aston Quay has long been for generations a favourable location for street hawkers. In Osborne’s picture a mother with baby appears to have dispatched an older child to charm gentlemen perusing books at the stall into buying daffodils. The little flower girl’s bare feet are explicit reference to the hardships endured by Dublin’s poor .” Museum guide.


Degas 1880


Van Gogh 1888 Van Gogh (1853-1890) lived in Paris between 1885 and 1888. It was in Paris that he explored a radical different style. Van Gogh painted this in 1886, Paris.


O’Coner c1895 “ O’Coner (1860-1940) Painted several studies of Breton women engaged in quiet activities, as here, reverie. The subject is conventional as echoes the work of countless visitors to Brittany im the final decades of the nineteenth century” Museum Guide.


Signac 1898


Dongen 1907 “The Dutch artist Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) captured the sensual cabaret and night club performers of Paris with stark honesty. The woman’s gesture suggests pensiveness, while her sideways glance is seductive .” Museum Guide.


Leech c1913 (Detail)


Bonnard 1923.


Orpen 1923. “ Orpen (1878-1931) managed to represent McCormark’s imposing stature without making this the dominant of characteristic of the portrait. Though the sitter’s relaxed pose and tennis attire seem rather incongruous with the discipline at which he recalled, they are consistent with numerous portrayals of classical singers of the period indeed “. Museum guide.


“This work is one of a series of oversized portrait heads by Davidson of private and public figures. It has been executed with painterly vigour typical of the artist but also a sensitivit y that belies its monumental scale.“ Museum guide. Davidson 2011.


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